Once upon a time, a Native American girl became pregnant by an unsuitable man, and she was forced by her horrible grandmother to kill her baby. The child was placed on a wooden stand in a hot and sunny place, and Coyote prowled nearby… waiting. And that’s why John Tall Wolf has to wear sunglasses most of the time, because before he was rescued by his adoptive parents, a professor and a bruja (witch), his eyes were damaged by the sun.
A Coyote is a shape-shifting demon, and that’s who/what John suspects his boss at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Marlene Flower Moon, is. Wait, isn’t that supposed to be a bad thing to call Native Americans? Go figure. Not that John puts up with much bossing from Marlene – he’d much prefer she get promoted far, far away, because she’s still stalking him and trying to seduce him.